John S. McCain III
National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Basic Principles for Agency Engagement in Environmental Collaboration and Conflict
2012 Memorandum on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution, Attachment
B - Office of Management and Budget and President's Council on Environmental Quality.
Confirm willingness and availability of appropriate agency leadership and staff
at all levels to commit to principles of engagement; ensure commitment to participate
in good faith with open mindset to new perspectives.
Balanced, Voluntary Representation
Ensure balanced inclusion of affected/concerned interests; all parties should be
willing and able to participate and select their own representatives.
Engage with all participants in developing and governing process; including choice
of consensus-based decision rules; seek assistance as needed from impartial facilitator/mediator
selected by and accountable to all parties.
Seek agreement on how to share, test and apply relevant information (scientific,
cultural, technical, etc.) among participants; ensure relevant information is accessible
and understandable by all participants.
Participate in the process directly, fully, and in good faith; be accountable to
all participants, as well as agency representatives and the public.
Ensure all participants and public are fully informed in a timely manner of the
purpose and objectives of process; communicate agency authorities, requirements
and constraints; uphold confidentiality rules and agreements as required for particular
Ensure timely decisions and outcomes.
Ensure decisions are implementable consistent with federal law and policy; parties
should commit to identify roles and responsibilities necessary to implement agreement;
parties should agree in advance on the consequences of a party being unable to provide
necessary resources or implement agreement; ensure parties will take steps to implement
and obtain resources necessary to agreement.